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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pasta with Tuna, Arugula, and Hot Pepper

Seasonal Recipe of the Week
It's quick, easy, and delicious — pasta with wilted arugula or spinach and a sauce made of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and canned tuna. How can you go wrong?

1 pound dried fettuccine, spaghetti or linguine
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves finely minced
Generous pinch hot red pepper flakes
2 6-ounce cans Italian tuna packed in olive oil, drained
Kosher salt
1/2 to 3/4 pound baby arugula

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and boil until al dente. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add the garlic and hot pepper flakes and cook until garlic is fragrant and sizzling. Add tuna and shred it into fine flakes with a fork. Season with salt. Keep warm over low heat. Just before the pasta is ready, set aside 1 cup of boiling water. Drain pasta and return it to the warm pot set over moderate heat. Depending on the size of your pot and skillet, either add the arugula and the tuna mixture to the pasta in the pasta pot, or add the drained pasta to the skillet with the tuna mixture and add the arugula. Toss vigorously with tongs, moistening with some of the reserved pasta water. The arugula will wilt in the heat of the pasta. Divide among warm bowls and serve immediately. Serves 4.